Academics

Nursing Assistant (NRS A)

Nursing Students

Find job security and satisfaction in the healthcare field by earning your Nursing Assistant certificate. Nursing Assistants support the nursing staff in hospitals and long-term care facilities by assisting patients with basic needs, such as feeding, moving and bathing. In many settings, nursing assistants are the health professionals whom patients encounter most often.

Quick start. One quarter (three months) of daytime classes prepares you for a full-time, entry-level job as a Nursing Assistant.

Job security. As our population ages, the demand for Nursing Assistants will increase dramatically. Start now and get a head start in an expanding industry.

Achieve success. Receive extra, specialized help in the classroom through our I-BEST program.

One-quarter curriculum

Register for and complete the NA program any quarter. Through the program, receive:

  • Completion of 12 credits
  • Nurse Assistant theory
  • HIV/AIDS and CPR training
  • Day classes
  • Community lab

Through a curriculum designed to pass the national certification exam, you can become employment-ready in just three months.

Application requirements

Please review the following requirements before applying:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Pass a Washington State Patrol Background Check
  • Complete the Nelson Denny Reading Assessment
  • Acquire the required Immunizations
  • Possess medical and Liability Insurance

Academic support

Classroom success can be yours, even if you have trouble in a traditional classroom setting.

The Nursing Assistant program incorporates the I-Best program, where you can receive help from an additional instructor all quarter long.

This second instructor assists your primary NA teacher and helps you with:

  • English as a second language
  • Study skills development
  • Math skills assistance
  • Test taking

Career options

The number of nursing assistants, orderlies and attendants is expected to grow by 20 percent by 2020 – faster than the average for all occupations.*

Easily acquire a good, secure job with

  • Assisted living facilities
  • Adult family homes
  • Nursing rehabilitation centers
  • Hospitals
  • Private clients

Successful Nursing Assistants enjoy helping others, are detail-oriented and enjoy new challenges every day.

*Source: bls.gov

Disqualifying factors

As part of the admission requirement to nursing programs applicants must successfully pass a criminal background check. Immediate disqualifiers to the program can be found at:

DSHS Secretary's List of Crimes and Negative Actions

In addition, individual clinical sites may have additional disqualifiers that would prevent a student from fulfilling their clinical rotation requirement. Alternate clinical rotation arrangements will not be made.

The Washington State Nursing Commission also provides guidance on criminal disqualifying factors affecting eligibility for licensure. Details can be found at:

2014 Fall Washington Nursing Commission News Excerpt

Contact us

For more information or to ask specific questions, please contact:

Denise Saylor

Program Instructor and Coordinator

253-833-9111 Ext. 4761

Susan Baker

Faculty

253-833-9111 Ext. 4589